Football Players, and athletes of all sports really, take pride in where they’re from. Whether it’s the state, city or area code – you always notice players wanting to rep their home area.
Fans tend to do the same thing. It’s always more fun to pull for a player when they’re from your home state (or even your hometown), especially when that player also happens to be playing on your favorite team.
With all that in mind, we went through NFL.com and pulled the home states (or, in a few cases, countries) of every player on the 53-man active rosters for each team.
We found 1 player from the country of Germany.
NFL Players from Germany
Here is the one guy on NFL Rosters at the start of the 2023 season including what town they’re from and what team they play for.
|Jakob Johnson||Stuttgart||Germany||Las Vegas Raiders|
Here’s a closer look at each player:
Jakob Johnson was born in Stuttgart, Germany, a city known for its rich cultural heritage and as a hub of the automotive industry. Johnson’s initial foray into sports was through the Stuttgart Scorpions of the German Football League, where he developed a passion for American football, a sport that’s growing in popularity in Germany.
His talent and dedication on the field caught the attention of scouts, leading to an opportunity to play high school football in the United States.
Johnson attended Jean Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida, where he further honed his skills. He then played college football at the University of Tennessee, showcasing his versatility by playing both on the defensive and offensive sides of the ball.
His journey from Stuttgart to the NFL is a testament to his adaptability and determination, overcoming the challenges of transitioning between different levels of football and cultural environments. Johnson’s path reflects the increasing globalization of American football, as he brings a unique European perspective to the game.
Hall of Fame Players from Germany
In addition to the current players from Germany, we compiled a list of all players that have gone on to make it into the NFL Hall of Fame:
|Ernie Stautner||Cham, Bavaria||1969|